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Pigs and Battleships (1961)

Buta to gunkan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, Crime | 13 September 1963 (USA)
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Kinta
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Haruko
Masao Mishima ...
Himori
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Slasher Tetsuji
Shirô Ôsaka ...
Hoshino
Takeshi Katô ...
Ohachi
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Gunji, Gangster in check shirt
Yôko Minamida ...
Katsuyo
Hideo Sato ...
Kikuo
Eijirô Tôno ...
Kan'ichi
Akira Yamauchi ...
Sakiyama
Sanae Nakahara ...
Hiromi
Kin Sugai ...
Haruko's mother
Bumon Kahara ...
Harukoma
Tomio Aoki ...
Kyuro
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart.

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Well made but awful.
1 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Shôhei Imamura's "Pigs and Battleships" is a very well crafted film. Despite this, it's a very unpleasant film and probably won't appeal to most viewers.

This film is set amid the social chaos that followed World War II in Japan. Now an occupied nation, poverty and crime are rampant. The film specifically focuses on the very lowest elements of society-- grifters, pimps, prostitutes and gangs. They are a uniformly disreputable group of people in the film--and because of that, it's very difficult to care in the least about these folks. And, because you don't really care about them, this makes the film do hard to enjoy. But this isn't necessarily a criticism--Imamura wanted to shock audiences and make social commentary about this as well as the country's ambivalence about having American troops in their land. On one hand, some folks admire the soldiers and think they are the greatest in the world, whereas others see them much like how hyenas view lions--they are just waiting to pick up their scraps. It's all very depressing and awful. The only bright spot is at the end. Following a crazy scene involving death, escaped pigs and total chaos are signs that perhaps ONE damaged soul might just make her escape. Bleak...but powerful.


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